Vintage Rock with Gregg Whitcomb
Aug 1973 to Feb 1984
Gregg is first found on the volunteer list in the Nov 1972 guide. The earliest guide (found so far) with a Vintage Rock program is Feb 1974. Over half of the guides from 1973 are missing from the collection, so we can't say for sure when it started, but Gregg thinks it was around Aug 17, 1973 (see below).
Here's how Gregg remembers it:
I'm not sure when I started, exactly. It was at the donut shop, a short distance from where I was living at the time on 86th. I did Sunday morning fill, playing scheduled tapes and baroque fill music.
The first Vintage Rock was sometime after Spring of 1973 when I moved to my current residence. The idea for an "oldies" (hate that) show came from KOL-FM. In 1973 or a little earlier, a fellow named Don McCarthy ("Grease") had a record shop at 535 1st Ave West, in Seattle, and on Wed evenings at 10 PM he was on the air with the regular guy, usually Jon Kurtzer or Bruce Buls. He had all these old RnB records I had never heard before. Vocal groups, rockabilly. I had a small collection, and when we moved to the Firehouse, I convinced Bob Friede on a second audition that I could do a show. The first shows were after the City Council Broadcast on Mondays, about 6 PM. That could mean 55 minutes or five minutes. It wasn't too long before it was 5-6 PM, and eventually 9-10 PM.
I had an engineering degree from UW but was still at my "summer job" at the Post Office and had taken the Columbia School of Broadcasting course by mail foolishly thinking that would be something lucrative. Well, it did get me ten years at KRAB.
By my calculations, this is the tenth anniversary show: Aug 17, 1983
[Gregg, tried to call you during the anniversary show to let you know "Hey Gregg, I really think you’re a groovy guy. I really dig what you’re doin’. I think its great you drive down to KRAB radio for ten years, spending your own money on gas, spending your own money on records, and playin’ them one after another, commercial free, for us to tape record!" But the phone lines were tied up. Thanks for saving, and sharing, the tapes and playlists, too. chuck]
Recordings and playlists courtesy of Gregg Whitcomb
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